GuideMe: A Networked Application for Indoor Orientation and Guidance

TitleGuideMe: A Networked Application for Indoor Orientation and Guidance
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsBouras, C, Barri, E, Gkamas, A, Koulouri, C, Michos, E, Katsampiris, S
Conference NameThe Sixteenth International Conference on Networking and Services (ICNS 2020), September 27, 2020 - October 01, 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

Today’s indoor navigational systems are more and more in demand, commonly used for applications such as smart cities, robots and visually impaired people. As far as outdoor navigation is concerned, the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is still one of the most (if not the most) commonly used approaches. Even though it is still considered an ideal solution for navigating in outdoor areas, challenges and problems arise when GPS is considered for navigation inside buildings due to obstacles (e.g., shopping malls, hospitals, etc.) and because signals cannot be absorbed by the building walls. To tackle the aforementioned issue, other technologies have emerged aimed at indoor navigation, such as Wireless-Fidelity (Wi-Fi), Bluetooth and sensors. This paper’s contribution is towards indoor navigation and, more specifically, it targets designing and developing a tracking and navigation system aimed at people that experience difficulties in indoor orientation using a wearable device. The user takes direction from the wearable device for the indoor orientation through voice commands helping him to avoid obstacles. The central part of the system is a device that provides the ability to navigate and find a route by voice commands, based on the device's location and orientation capabilities.

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